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If you're a history buff, Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay belong on your bucket list. A Museum without Walls, Annapolis served as our nation's first peacetime capital. Maryland's four signers of the Declaration of Independence had homes here, and you can visit three of those residences today. A walk down our brick-lined streets puts you in touch with four centuries of history and architecture. There are more 18th-century brick homes in Annapolis than any other city in the nation. 

The Annapolis countryside tells the story of generations of farmers and watermen whose lives have been shaped by the Chesapeake Bay and the rich farmland that surrounds it. In Annapolis Baltimore, historic sites including the Hammond-Harwood House have their own stories to tell of hardworking families who helped shape the future of Anne Arundel County and our nation. 

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Take a Self-Guided History & Heritage with your iPhone

Annapolis & the Chesapeake Bay offers a rich and diverse history. Now, you can explore Annapolis’ storied past with two of our self-guided tours. Spending the day in Annapolis? Our Steps Through Time walking tour app is a visitor’s favorite. We spotlight this tour in our annual visitors guide and have now turned it into an iPhone App, which guides you through our historic town as you enjoy 33 historic sites at your own pace...more

A Timeline of Annapolis History, From Little-known Quirky Facts to Monumental Episodes

On January 8, 2014, in the heart of historic downtown Annapolis, the Maryland General Assembly convenes for its 434th legislative session. That’s longer than any other state capitol has been in continuous legislative use. Today’s state legislators meet for 90 days each year to act on more than 2,300 bills affecting Marylanders. Over 200 years ago, a momentous, nation-shaping decision took place in the Maryland State House. Know what it was? Keep reading to find the answer to this, and loads of other historical tidbits that give Annapolis its much-deserved nickname, Museum without Walls...more

Competitive Sports in Annapolis: A Long, Proud History

On December 27, the Navy-Marine Corps Military Stadium will, for the first time ever, host a Division I College Bowl Game—The Military Bowl, presented by Northrop Grumman. This year’s match-up will pit the University of Maryland Terrapins against the Marshall University Thundering Herd. This five-year-young tradition is just one in a long and illustrious history of amateur and professional sporting events with roots in Annapolis...more

Celebrate May Day in Annapolis

May Day is one of the most beautiful days in Annapolis. On May 1 and throughout the week that follows, the doors of homes and businesses in our centuries old city are adorned with baskets full of fresh cut flowers and colorful ribbons. If you haven't yet treated yourself to a stroll along the streets of Annapolis's Historic District on this day of days, this is the year to indulge...more

A Tale of Two Colleges

Annapolis is home to two major colleges that are as different as night and day. They are alike in that both of them are located in downtown Annapolis. Beyond that, the similarities between the U.S. Naval Academy and St. John’s College are harder to find...more

Maryland Day Celebration Spells Fun for All Ages

Want to learn a little bit about Maryland history? Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County makes it easy to do during its 6th annual Maryland Day celebration that takes place Friday through Sunday, March 22-24...more

Living History

Is it possible for history and heritage to improve with the years? It feels that way in Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay. This year, Historic Annapolis Foundation will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the William Paca Garden's restoration...more

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